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 for tyre
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tire \Tire\, n. [Aphetic form of attire; OE. tir, a tir. See
     1. Attire; apparel. [Archaic] "Having rich tire about you."
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     2. A covering for the head; a headdress.
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              On her head she wore a tire of gold.  --Spenser.
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     3. A child's apron, covering the breast and having no
        sleeves; a pinafore; a tier.
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     4. Furniture; apparatus; equipment. [Obs.] "The tire of war."
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     5. [Probably the same word, and so called as being an attire
        or covering for the wheel.] A ring, hoop or band, as of
        rubber or metal, on the circumference of the wheel of a
        vehicle, to impart strength and receive the wear. In
        Britain, spelled tyre.
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     Note: The iron tire of a wagon wheel or cart wheel binds the
           fellies together. The tire of a locomotive or
           railroad-car wheel is a heavy hoop of iron or steel
           shrunk tightly upon an iron central part. The wheel of
           a bicycle or road vehicle (automobile, motorcyle,
           truck) has a tire of rubber, which is typically hollow
           inside and inflated with air to lessen the shocks from
           bumps on uneven roads.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tyre \Tyre\, n. [Tamil tayir.]
     Curdled milk. [India]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  tyre \tyre\, n.
     Same as 2nd tire, n., sense 5. [British spelling]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tyre \Tyre\, n. & v.
     Attire. See 2d and 3d Tire. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tyre \Tyre\, v. i.
     To prey upon. See 4th Tire. [Obs.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a port in southern Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea;
           formerly a major Phoenician seaport famous for silks [syn:
           Sur, Tyre]
      2: hoop that covers a wheel; "automobile tires are usually made
         of rubber and filled with compressed air" [syn: tire,

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     a rock, now es-Sur; an ancient Phoenician city, about 23 miles,
     in a direct line, north of Acre, and 20 south of Sidon. Sidon
     was the oldest Phoenician city, but Tyre had a longer and more
     illustrious history. The commerce of the whole world was
     gathered into the warehouses of Tyre. "Tyrian merchants were the
     first who ventured to navigate the Mediterranean waters; and
     they founded their colonies on the coasts and neighbouring
     islands of the AEgean Sea, in Greece, on the northern coast of
     Africa, at Carthage and other places, in Sicily and Corsica, in
     Spain at Tartessus, and even beyond the pillars of Hercules at
     Gadeira (Cadiz)" (Driver's Isaiah). In the time of David a
     friendly alliance was entered into between the Hebrews and the
     Tyrians, who were long ruled over by their native kings (2 Sam.
     5:11; 1 Kings 5:1; 2 Chr. 2:3).
       Tyre consisted of two distinct parts, a rocky fortress on the
     mainland, called "Old Tyre," and the city, built on a small,
     rocky island about half-a-mile distant from the shore. It was a
     place of great strength. It was besieged by Shalmaneser, who was
     assisted by the Phoenicians of the mainland, for five years, and
     by Nebuchadnezzar (B.C. 586-573) for thirteen years, apparently
     without success. It afterwards fell under the power of Alexander
     the Great, after a siege of seven months, but continued to
     maintain much of its commercial importance till the Christian
     era. It is referred to in Matt. 11:21 and Acts 12:20. In A.D.
     1291 it was taken by the Saracens, and has remained a desolate
     ruin ever since.
       "The purple dye of Tyre had a worldwide celebrity on account
     of the durability of its beautiful tints, and its manufacture
     proved a source of abundant wealth to the inhabitants of that
       Both Tyre and Sidon "were crowded with glass-shops, dyeing and
     weaving establishments; and among their cunning workmen not the
     least important class were those who were celebrated for the
     engraving of precious stones." (2 Chr. 2:7,14).
       The wickedness and idolatry of this city are frequently
     denounced by the prophets, and its final destruction predicted
     (Isa. 23:1; Jer. 25:22; Ezek. 26; 28:1-19; Amos 1:9, 10; Zech.
       Here a church was founded soon after the death of Stephen, and
     Paul, on his return from his third missionary journey spent a
     week in intercourse with the disciples there (Acts 21:4). Here
     the scene at Miletus was repeated on his leaving them. They all,
     with their wives and children, accompanied him to the sea-shore.
     The sea-voyage of the apostle terminated at Ptolemais, about 38
     miles from Tyre. Thence he proceeded to Caesarea (Acts 21:5-8).
       "It is noticed on monuments as early as B.C. 1500, and
     claiming, according to Herodotus, to have been founded about
     B.C. 2700. It had two ports still existing, and was of
     commercial importance in all ages, with colonies at Carthage
     (about B.C. 850) and all over the Mediterranean. It was often
     attacked by Egypt and Assyria, and taken by Alexander the Great
     after a terrible siege in B.C. 332. It is now a town of 3,000
     inhabitants, with ancient tombs and a ruined cathedral. A short
     Phoenician text of the fourth century B.C. is the only monument
     yet recovered."

From Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's) :

  Tyre, Tyrus, strength; rock; sharp

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